2019 is the Year of Green Action, part of the government’s 25-year plan for the environment. The plan is ambitious – we are to become the first generation to leave the environment in better state than we found it.
As you can imagine, at Forest Holidays we are focused on protecting and enhancing our forests. We know that you value the forest for its tranquillity and for its natural wonders - the wild flowers, the beautiful scenery, the wildlife. While you're enjoying the forest, you might not realise that you're also helping to keep it healthy.
The more you visit the forest, the better it grows
The Forestry Commissions of England and Scotland, and Natural Resources Wales, play an important role in sustaining the nation's forests. They also welcome visitors to the forests, with thousands of trails, cycle routes, bridle paths and visitor centres.
In the 1970s, the Forestry Commission opened their first cabins for holidaying families - and so began Forest Holidays. Not only did this offer a new way to experience the forest but it also contributes £2 million every year to the Forestry Commission.
This enables woodland management initiatives, such as hazel coppicing for the benefit of dormice at Blackwood Forest, which we carry out in partnership with local Forestry Commission teams.
Learning about nature
While you are staying with us, take the opportunity to spend time with the Forest Ranger. Learn more about the woodland flora and fauna on a Forest Explorer adventure or discover the forest after dark on a Forest Night Vision adventure. And sow the seeds for a lifelong love of nature in your children, as they become Mini Forest Rangers.
Many of our Forest Rangers are active in the local community, visiting schools and other groups and welcoming them to the forest. By teaching children - and adults - to build bug hotels and care for animal habitats, our Forest Rangers help to spread an understanding of the importance of looking after our natural environment.
Forests are good for your health
The importance of forests to the health of our planet can’t be overstated. They clean the air, regulate water and defend against climate change. And forests are good for our personal health too.
The physical health benefits of escaping to the woodlands for fresh air and exercise are obvious, but did you know that immersing yourself in the forest also benefits your mental health and wellbeing? At Blackwood Forest we have a qualified Forest Therapy guide who takes you on a Forest Bathing experience that can boost your immune system, lower stress and give you a greater sense of calm.
Growing forests for our future
There are many reasons to be optimistic about the future of our forests. Just one example of positive action is the National Forest which, since 1991, has grown woodland cover across its territory in the Midlands from 6% to over 20%, creating natural spaces for all to enjoy.
The National Forest is one of our charity partners at Forest Holidays and our team actively support them – planting trees, raising funds through donations and taking part in woodland management days.
Celebrate 2019 Year of Green Action
Feeling inspired? Tell your friends and family about the 2019 Year of Green Action and help increase awareness of the vital role forests play in our lives and our health – and the vital role we all play in the health of our forests.